While the big trucks and interstate haulers have received most of the accolades in keeping essential goods moving throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we acknowledge delivery van operators as the humble heroes of day-to-day economy. The van, usually white and often emblazoned with company signage are one of the most popular vehicles on the road. Not surprising as vans are extremely versatile. Suitable for fitting out for a wide range of cargo requirements, for specialist services such as service technicians and for people movers.
Vans are categorised in three main classes: compact, medium and big with medium dominating the market. A medium sized can is classified with GVM of 2500-3500 kg. Jade Car Loans provides finance for the full range of commercial vans with our full range of commercial finance products – Chattel Mortgage, Van Leasing and Commercial Hire Purchase for Commercial Vans.
From the large number of our customers that we assist each year with cheap van loans, we’re well aware that many buyers are looking to get a good 10 years work life from their van. So many elements of the van are considered in detail to ensure they are buying well and then we back them up with cost-effective motor vehicle finance to work towards achieving their expected ROI.
To assist new buyers, we sought out the stats on what vans have been the top sellers in recent years. We then went the step further and checked in on a number of motoring reviews to get the opinion of expert vehicle reviewers on what they think are the best vans. We share that information to assist in your purchase decisions.
Top Sellers, Best Reviews
Not surprisingly, a Toyota vehicle tops the commercial van selling stats for the past few years. We say unsurprising, as Toyota also tops the latest July 2020 sales figures for passenger cars and has just been knocked off top spot for light commercial vehicles for the first time in ages.
The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) routinely publish the sales figures for all vehicle categories and they report that in 2019, the top selling commercial vans were:-
To give you a wider scope to browse…looking back to 2018/19, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Volkswagen Crafter, LDV G10 and the Renault Master also appeared in top 10 best-selling van lists.
These ratings are based on actual new vehicle sales numbers. But what do the reviewers think are actually the best vans available in Australia? We took a rough ‘poll’ of a number of reviews published on a number of motoring websites where expert reviewers have actually test-driven a number of vans and given their opinion. The results are very much in line with sales figures with the consensus that Ford Transit, Toyota HiAce and Hyundai iLoad came out on top.
You may have your own preference in regard to van brands based on past experience. But if you’re comparing vans, use our Car Loans calculator to compare rough estimates on repayments across different models.
Securing Your Van
In deciding on which van is best suited to your business, having knowledge around top sellers and best reviewed is useful. But astute buyers will be looking closely at key features and specs, especially those that impact running costs including fuel consumption and servicing expenses.
Other key considerations are in the areas of safety and driver assistance. A range of these features are increasingly being included as standard on commercial vehicles. Many not only contribute to driver, passenger and road user safety but may also contribute to your bottom line in less repairs for the occasional ding.
Keep an eye out for:-
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and collision mitigation systems.
- Blind Spot Monitoring assists the driver.
- Rear view cameras and parking sensors are being seen more often on commercial vehicles and can be extremely helpful especially manoeuvring in loading docks, down tight access roads and when parking is at a premium.
- Speed limiting and cruise control systems can be a godsend in limiting the number of traffic infringements that you or your staff acquire. That can be a massive cost saving.
But one of the key factors in securing a cost-effective van that works towards your business goals is sourcing the cheapest van finance deal. Jade Car Loans can assist with our better interest rate deals sourced from our large panel of lenders.
Contact us before you start speaking with a van dealer so we can organise you pre-approved finance. This will enable you to match the van to what you want to spend and possibly not get tempted to upgrade to a model that may put pressure on your cash flow.
Whichever top selling van you decide on, your Jade Car Loans consultant will add value to the deal with a cheap business car finance deal, structured to suit your specific requirements.
To discuss finance on a commercial van, speak with a Jade Car Loans consultant 1300 000 003.
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